I recently took a introductory course on how to use my cell phone to take pictures. Jane Huxtable Spencer, who is a photographer in her own right offered each of us the basics of setting up our camera on our cell phone and what the various functions do. Pretty cool. So naturally I had to try out a few things tonight on my walk down around the wharf.
We did get into to editing but hopefully she will run a second course that gets into to editing in more depth.
So I got my 7k in on this walk – didn’t really plan on that!
A wee hiccup with Chris and a maybe gallbladder issue Friday pm- Sat am – sticking close to home Sparrow Lake WI bake sale netted me a strawberry rhubarb pie, pumpkin pie and for Chris some butter tarts – yum!
Sunday was a beautiful day so headed out on Lake Muskoka to beat the heat!
Monday a.m beat the heat motorcycle ride and met new friends – staying on the back roads
Hey when I thought we were done we added one more little ride. Traffic was blocked southbound from town,so we went from town out Doe Lake Rd to Cooper’s Falls Rd down to just north of Washago and came northbound on 11-to home. I was going to wave to the slow cars going southbound but I am too polite 😜..Home in the backyard but not lighting a fire.
Vacations can be busy…and not so busy. We have a few things on our “Wanna Do” over our holidays List but not in any particular order, or on any particular day. Getting up each day, checking energy level…then decide. Monday it rained..book reading…Tuesday was sunny .. Wednesday was a mix and made it to the Farmers Market…had to get my new favourite dip flavours from Muskoka Dips…mix with sour cream and real mayo and voila! Tuesday I think was the mini Trent West from Washago to the MacDonald cut and Friday we decided kinda last minute to go for a cruise on the Island Queen in Parry Sound to see the 30,0000 islands. Three lovely hours and a great narration, although I’ve never heard of the Musky described as a fresh water barracuda….
Since we were in Parry Sound we of course went to go see our friends Sherry and Dave Hogg at their cottage-They look so nice and relaxed in their retirement. Although finishing their cottage, travelling, visiting and then going travelling again I don’t know how they are going to finish their library books in time 😇.
Thursday was a home spa day. Feet first -oh my lord they are so far away! Thankfully I did some mindfulness yoga first to slowly loosen everything up. I used the sink in the bathroom for my foot spa , so there was that contorted thing going on, standing on one leg-I need to invest n a little foot tub. Of course the Kleenex box to take off the nail polish was behind me and out of reach…Oh Chrissss!
We topped off Thursday with a drive to Newmarket to see the Sinner Saints at the Cachet Bar and Grill where Chris reconnected with his college buddy Gord Paolucci. Staying in touch via texting and Facebook is not the same as the real thing. It was great to watch them catch up and meet the family who all come out to support the band in which Gord’s brother Mike plays guitar and nephew Micheal plays the drums. John White plays bass guitar and lead vocals. A beautiful summer evening with great tunes and good people. I managed to get my dates mixed up-Chris corrected me , Hence my out of order paragraphs but I’m on wine glass number two and I’m not going back.
Today we scouted out other boat launches for our next cruise. BBQ dinner with steaks from the new Costco in Orillia. I’m not sure when we went to Costco though, maybe it was Wednesday?
Thanksgiving is followed by the Cranberry Festival in our part of the world and of course tied into the beauty of the fall colours. This weekend my daughter brought her beau up to see the part of the province where she grew up, and Chris’ daughters came up for a visit.
My MS is slowly returning from a round of steroids, I gotta say it was amazing, I had energy, my brain was clear, and I felt – normal, I can understand now why some promote the use of a low steroid program for combating inflammation, it felt better than any combination of meds. I still believe a diet of non inflammatory food is important, along with exercise, and a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle overall is key. MS is so unique to each person, and while I am in the RRMS group, and we have some common elements, how it plays out in our daily living is different.
We were very fortunate to be able to purchase a boat this summer, and living where we do, it has enriched our lives – mine and my partner Chris’ to be able to enjoy our lakes. I am sharing some pictures of our travels.
Living life with a chronic illness is definitely not easy. But I do my best to push through all the barriers this illness puts in front of me! In my heart and mind, I believe maintaining a positive outlook on all situations in life will carry us through to much better times! I hope you find the information that I provide both helpful and inspirational!